lettuce

UF/IFAS Awarded USDA Grant to Lead Multistate Research, Study Disease Resistance in Lettuce

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

By: Lourdes Rodriguez, 954-577-6363 office, 954-242-8439 mobile, rodriguezl@ufl.edu BELLE GLADE, Fla. – Lettuce is one of the top 10 vegetables cultivated in the United States and for good reason. Romaine, iceberg, leaf and butterhead types of lettuce are staples in refrigerators around the world. Used as a basis for salads, as a topping for burgers and sandwiches, as a bread …

UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Project Research Expands to On-Farm Trials

Clint Thompson Florida, Hemp, Research, Top Posts

By: Tory Moore, 352-273-3566, torymoore@ufl.edu As the UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Project moves into its second year, on-farm research trials begin with commercial growers across the state.Twenty farms across 12 Florida counties were selected for the UF/IFAS on-farm trials. These farms are in different agricultural regions to provide a variety of conditions to study the growth and success of hemp …

UF/IFAS Appoints Interim Director of Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center

Clint Thompson Florida, Florida Ag Expo, Research, Technology, Top Posts

By: Lourdes Rodriguez, 954-577-6363 office, 954-242-8439 mobile, rodriguezl@ufl.edu DAVIE, Fla. – Jack Rechcigl has been appointed as interim Center Director of the UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center (UF/IFAS FLREC).   On May 12, Rechcigl stepped in to oversee the operations and research at the UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, previously led by retiring center director Robin …

UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Project: Progress and Plans

Ashley Robinson Florida, Hemp, Research, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Lourdes Rodriguez Just past the midpoint of a pilot project to study if industrial hemp grows well in Florida, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers are already looking ahead to see what more they can learn.   The UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Project team of scientists is engaged in a two-year research project started with hemp plantings in the spring of 2019. A report on the project’s findings will go …

Coronavirus Pandemic affects UF/IFAS Research Programs

Clint Thompson Florida, Research, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is taking a toll on agricultural research programs at the University of Florida/IFAS. Some research has been halted since quarantine and social distancing rules were put in place in early March. “It is definitely having an impact on our research. We are slowing down many of the projects because there’s not a safe …

Florida Strawberry

Florida Strawberry Festival’s Featured Fruit Comes From UF/IFAS Research

Dan Cooper Florida, Industry News Release, Research, Strawberry

(UF/IFAS) — When you hear the words “Plant City,” what comes to mind? Strawberries, probably. As thousands of people come to Plant City for the annual Florida Strawberry Festival this month, many will eat various types of the fruit. They may be surprised to learn that University of Florida scientists toil in nearby labs and fields to develop the best …

Managing Black Rot in Cabbage

Ashley Robinson Florida, Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Ashley Robinson Florida’s warm and wet climate can create the optimal environment for a multitude of cabbage diseases. Black rot is caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris pv. Campestris is a significant issue for Florida cabbage growers. Not only can this disease cause major losses, but once a field is infected, it is difficult to get rid of the disease. “Black rot …

Research Underway for Florida Artichoke Production

Ashley Robinson Florida, Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Ashley Robinson Despite California producing 99 percent of commercially grown artichokes in the United States, researchers at the University of Florida are hoping to profitably produce the antioxidant-rich superfood in the Sunshine State. Artichokes flourish in a cool environment and generally require 250 to 500 cumulative hours below 50 degrees for bud formation. Therefore, bud formation must be artificially …